Victoria records zero new coronavirus infections, as restrictions ease across the state

Ross Houston
February 27, 2021

Australia's second largest city Melbourne and the whole state of Victoria where it locates will further relax COVID-19 restrictions from midnight Friday despite that the state still recorded two locally acquired cases on the same day.

Yesterday, Victoria recorded two locally acquired coronavirus cases, who were both close contacts linked to the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport outbreak.

VICTORIA will return to its previous COVIDSafe settings from tonight, allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing and increasing the number of workers heading back to the office.

Outdoor gathering will be increased to 100 people and households can host up to 30 guests from 11.59pm local time today, though masks will remain mandatory in public transport, indoor shopping centres and supermarkets.

"We can ease these restrictions with confidence... thanks to the efforts of every single Victorian", Mr Andrews said.

75% of people will also be able to return to the workplace.

Only 20 people are allowed to gather together outside in the state but before Christmas this was at 100. This will be the first time since the March lockdown in 2020 that offices will be open to such capacity.

Restrictions on the number of people to hospitals and aged care will also be lifted. The cap on people returning to work is now set at 50 per cent but may be lifted to 75 per cent in the public and private sector.

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced easing of restrictions for Victorians, effective from 11.59pm tonight, Friday, February 26.

Density limits in pubs, clubs, shops, and other venues will remain at one person per two square metres, as long as patrons sign into the venues with QR codes for contact-tracing purposes.

"That will be something approaching normal - which is something that Victorians have absolutely earned", the Premier said.

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